Fall 2021 Girls/Boys Novice Program 

Summer Learn-to-Row and Fall Novice Program Info Session: Thursday, June 3, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. on zoom at https://zoom.us/j/91215874722?pwd=UFl0TDRSSUdIMUtzbFVMa05hd2lGQT09

BLS Crew is optimistic that the Fall 2021 season will be a full return to normal and looks forwarding to welcoming new Novice rowers! The BLS Crew Novice program provides an opportunity for students to participate in both on-the-water rowing and on-land conditioning, and provides an excellent introduction to the fun, teamwork, community, and competition of the BLS Crew Team. All grade levels are welcome and no past rowing or other athletic experience is required. 

Because the Fall season is short, the team cannot accept new Novice rowers for the Fall 2021 season UNLESS they have participated in at least one week (and preferably two weeks) of a Learn-to-Row program. Students are encouraged to participate in BLS Crew's Summer Learn-to-Row Program if possible. However, if the dates do not work, other dates are available through Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI).


​Alternatively, the BLS Crew Winter/Spring 2022 Novice program will start with indoor winter training in mid-January 2022. No prior experience or participation in a separate Learn-to-Row program is required for Novices who begin in the Winter/Spring season.

To register for the Fall season, complete this form: Fall Rower Registration.


Practice Times and Locations

  • Fall Novice practice start date: Monday, September 13

  • Practice times: Monday-Friday, 3:15-5:15 pm

  • Novice rowers are expected to attend at least four practices per week

  • All Fall practices take place at the BLS Boathouse

​Registration and Payment Deadlines

  • Registration Deadline: September 10, 2021 (if you wish to register after this deadline, please contact registrar@blscrew.org about the possibility of late registration).

  • Forms Due Date: September 10, 2021

  • Payment Due Date: September 17, 2021​

Required Forms

​​All rowers must submit the required forms as PDF email attachments to registrar@blscrew.org by September 10, 2021, to be able to start practice on September 13. No student will be allowed to start Fall practices without submitting all forms, including the BLS nurses' Sports Clearance.

  • BLS Sports Clearance: We recommend that Novice rowers get their Fall Sports Clearance from the BLS Nurses' Office before the end of the school in June. The BLS nurses also make Sports Clearance appointments available in mid-August, but then will not provide additional appointments until after the start of school, so please do not delay as you will not be able to start practice if there are any difficulties or additional forms needed. To get Sports Clearance from the nurses, you will have to provide or have on file a physician's school/camp form dated within the past 13 months. 

  • Concussion Training Certificate: All rowers must complete the concussion training once per academic year. Instructions are here: Concussion Training

  • Safety Pledge: Download form here: Safety Pledge. Print it, sign it and return it.

  • Opiate/ Substance Abuse Education: All student-athletes and parents must read the information regarding opiate and substance abuse provided in this file labeled "Opiate Substance Information". Additional information is provided here as well. You will be required to acknowledge that you have read the information prior to registering. 

  • Swim Test: New Novice rowers must submit a swim test. Until a swim test is on record, the rower will have to wear a life vest during practice on the water. The form and instructions on how to complete are here: Swim Test

Fees and Financial Aid

  • Fall Novice Rower Fees: $300

  • Payment Options (check, credit card, or PayPal): Fall Payment

  • Friends of BLS Crew is committed to ensuring that crew is affordable for all students and families in the BLS community. If you would like to request financial assistance for the crew program, please send an email to registrar@blscrew.org.

  • Payment is due September 17, 2021, unless a financial aid or payment plan arrangement has been made.

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